What the heck is it? Pics

tom8olvr(Z5 MA)August 18, 2008

Went to Northern Maine over the weekend... Found these... they were about 6-8 feet tall and were just beautiful... I'm assuming their an impatien - Aren't they a love?? Does anyone (Mr. Impatien) know what they are?? I'm going to ask my mother to save seed on them.

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grandmachris

I had a case of deja vu. We saw impatiens very near to these in appearance in the Soviet Union in late Sept. 1988
just before frost. They were growing wild where they were
not wanted and a "volunteer" crew of military folks were busy scything them down. I thought "jewel weed" but in another color. I got a few seeds but was not successful in germinating them. I'd like some for myself.

Chris

    Bookmark   August 20, 2008 at 3:59PM
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tom8olvr(Z5 MA)

They're really pretty - very tall... and handsome - they
were wild - or appeared to be...

The 'jewel weed' we have around this area - MA is an orangy-
red - the flower shape was similar - but these were larger.

I'm interested to see what the heck they are!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2008 at 8:40AM
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kenandbea(Zone 8 or 9)

They are very pretty Impatiens glandulifera. Your photos are just lovely.
They reseed themselves very readily. I have them return every year in abundance. Each spring I transplant them to where I want them to grow if they are not in the right place. There are always more than are needed to fill that bed so I also pull some out to thin them a bit.
I really like them too.

Bea

    Bookmark   September 3, 2008 at 5:23AM
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ashley_minnig

I don't know if I am wrong , Wrong wrong. But it looks to me that they could be lady's slipper! Hummingbirds Love them!!! I hear they can be very difficult to sow but grow naturally near woods and moist places! This is an old post but I thuoght I would give a guess!

    Bookmark   March 6, 2009 at 10:19PM
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stellar.bpo

I thought "jewel weed" but in another color. I got a few seeds but was not successful in germinating them. I'd like some for myself.

Lisa11

    Bookmark   March 14, 2009 at 3:36AM
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MrImpatiens(Zone 9 CA)

Bea is right they are Impatiens glandulifera and have volunteered them selves in many other countries ie Russia, Canada, Europe and, the US. They are very easy to germinate if you just throw them on the ground and let nature take its course. You can also buy plants from Annie's Annuals.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2009 at 7:08PM
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extragalactic(6b)

If it is Impatiens glandulifera, then beware. It is classified as a noxious weed in Washington State, and cannot be sold in CT, OR, or WA. See link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Impatiens glandulifera: Washington State Class B Noxious Weed

    Bookmark   March 18, 2009 at 2:14PM
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voodoobrew

OK, I've got one for you guys... I just posted a pic on the "what's this?" gallery. I checked Mr. Impatiens' website, and didn't see it. I found it today in Point Reyes, CA. Yes, I took some cuttings and got some seed. The seed pods "exploded", and then curled up. I've never tried to germinate impatiens, help! Here is a pic; I've got more, if needed.

Here is a link that might be useful: mystery flower

    Bookmark   July 28, 2009 at 1:22AM
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jennywren343

extragalactic..ur right...the seed needs to be planted...(just strewn) fall before. guess it needs a chilling or freezing feature to germinate

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 8:30AM
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mlb86

Voodoobrew your mystery flower looks like a pale form of Impatiens textori to me. Did you have any luck with the seeds?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2014 at 12:15PM
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